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Arts / Theater / Dance

Mike Backman embraces Kay Morton while playing James Tyrone and Mary Cavan Tyrone during rehearsal for the Parish Player's production of Eugene O'Neill's "Long Day's Journey into Night" at the Eclipse Grange Theatre on Oct. 6, 2014. The play opened Oct. 10 and runs through Oct. 26. (Valley News - Ariana van den Akker)

Theater Review: Production of ‘Long Day’s Journey into Night’ Shows Admirable Restraint

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Early on opening night of the Parish Players’ production of Long Day’s Journey Into Night, Kay Morton dashed any concerns about just how long the next three hours — not to mention the next three weekends — with playwright Eugene O’Neill’s Tyrone family would feel. As Mary Tyrone, Morton was talking with Mike Backman as James Tyrone Sr., Mary’s husband …

Shaker Bridge Opens Season With a Sharp Take on Feminism

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Hello fellow Upper Valley 40-somethings. Have I got a date night suggestion for you. Rapture, Blister, Burn, Gina Gionfriddo’s 2012 play, now in production at Shaker Bridge Theatre in Enfield, is all about the painful reassessment of life at the dawn of middle age, in this case, 42. That’s how old Catherine, a worldly, sexy academic superstar, is when she comes home to …

Northern Stage Kicks Off Season With a Sparkling Sondheim

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Stephen Sondheim, who knows a thing or two about writing, opens his musical Into the Woods with two of the most potent words in any language: “I wish.” I wish I had a child, I wish my cow gave milk, I wish I could go to the ball. As the old adage goes, …

At Another Level: Young Dancer Has Moved On From Lebanon to New York City

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Watching Theo Pilette leap, twirl and kick in midair, land with a whisper and kneel while arching backward at the Lebanon Ballet School the other day, director Linda Copp couldn’t help imagining her former student dancing in City …

‘The Spitfire Grill’ Serves Up a Helping of Sweet Redemption

Saturday, April 5, 2014

The Spitfire Grill opened off Broadway just after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, and in that atmosphere its wholesomeness struck a chord with city-dwellers who had been traumatized out of their customary jaded sophistication. Now in production at Northern Stage, …

‘The Power of Voice’ Confronts Abuse

Saturday, April 5, 2014

If silence and shame are the weapons of someone committing acts of domestic and sexual violence, then the chorus of voices telling their stories at the Lebanon Opera House Thursday evening in “Unedited Voices of the Upper Valley” …

Entertainment Highlights: Parish Players Stress Diversity in Women’s Stories

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Until she started navigating through the Louise Erdrich short story that she’ll perform in the Parish Players’ upcoming production, “Women’s Briefs,” Victoria Wrong Traudt always considered herself “more of a nonfiction reader.” Then she found herself inhabiting the …

‘Unedited Voices of the Upper Valley’ Adresses Sexual and Domestic Violence

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Finding ways to stem the tide of domestic and sexual violence is the mission of the Lebanon non profit organization WISE. But one of the obstacles faced by people who work on these issues is that numerous misconceptions still exist about where and how often domestic and sexual …

‘The Other Place’: Coming Unmoored in a Storm-Tossed Life

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Sharr White’s play The Other Place , which runs at Shaker Bridge Theatre in Enfield through April 13, is an ingeniously framed mystery, but not in a whodunit, dead-body-in-a-locked-room way. The mystery lies in that most elusive of entities, the human mind. How do we remember, and how …

Sitcom Star Turns to Theater

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

London — Martha Plimpton is an American in London, grappling with all that ails the United States. The Emmy Award-winning star of hit TV sitcom Raising Hope is making her West End stage debut in Jon Robin Baitz’s …

The Winners: ‘Valley News’ Photo Contest

Saturday, March 22, 2014

The Selection Process: A panel of Valley News judges looked at 597 entries for this year’s Valley News Amateur Photography Contest, narrowing them down to 24 finalists. The finalists were displayed at the HomeLife Expo at Leverone Field …

Spreading Some Joy on International Happiness Day

Friday, March 21, 2014

Dancers from Dancers’ Corner in White River Junction perform a routine to the song Happy by Pharrell Williams outside the cancer center infusion area at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon on Thursday. The performance was a part of …

Hunger Cabaret Returns To Thetford

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Over the past decade, Steve LeBlanc has participated in plenty of cabaret shows around the Upper Valley. Generally, they were small affairs, and the groups putting them on often petered out. So when putting together his first annual …